Matlama, Bantu tie postponed

Matlama, Bantu tie postponed

MASERU – The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) has postponed Sunday’s much anticipated Econet Premier League showdown between champions Matlama and title rivals Bantu.
The fixture is one of two that have been postponed because of Lesotho’s 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Zimbabwe on the same day.

The four clubs in question – Matlama, Bantu, Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) – requested the PLMC to postpone their games because each side has a number of key players away with the national team.

Likuena leave for Zimbabwe today and will face the Warriors in the first leg of the sides’ qualifier in Harare on Sunday.
The CHAN tournament is only contested by players based in their domestic leagues and both Matlama and Bantu are heavily represented in the national team.

On Tuesday, Phafa Tšosane became the latest ‘Tse Putsoa’ player to be called up by Lesotho coach Thabo Senong joining club-mates Jane Thaba-Ntšo, Mohai Mohai and Lisema Lebokollane while Bantu have Hlompho Kalake, Lehlohonolo Fothoane, Neo Mokhachane, Mokone Marabe and goalkeeper Ntsane Lichaba in the Likuena fold.
LMPS have also been drained of their talents with Basia Makepe, Nkau Lerotholi and Tšepo Seturumane travelling to Zimbabwe.
It means only five Econet Premier League matches will go ahead this weekend.

Of the games on the menu, the main course is the tie between Lioli and Kick4Life in Teyateyaneng on Sunday.
There is plenty at stake, especially for Lioli, following their disappointing opening day defeat to LCS on Sunday and new coach Thabile Secker will be desperate to see his side bounce back and get their season back on track.
It won’t be easy, however.
‘Tse Nala’ face a difficult opponent in the form of Kick4Life, a side that is riding high after a 2-1 victory over Liphakoe to open their campaign last Saturday and that has given Lioli headaches in recent years.

Last season Kick4Life beat the Teyateyaneng giants home and away in the league.
If Kick4Life can do the same again on Sunday, they will well and truly spoil Lioli’s start to the season.
Another contender looking to kick-start their season is Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).

Despite having Likano Mphuthi and Tšepo Toloane away with the national team, LDF will be in action against Linare on Saturday in Maputsoe.
Last weekend LDF, began their 2019/20 campaign with a goalless draw against LMPS while Linare scraped a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Lifofane.

Weekend Econet Premier League fixtures:
Saturday (15:00)
Linare vs. LDF (Maputsoe DIFA Ground)
Likhopo vs. Lifofane (LCS Ground)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Lijabatho (PTC)

Sunday (15:00)
Liphakoe vs. Swallows (LCS Ground)
Lioli vs. Kick4Life (TY)

Tlalane Phahla


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